Women in the Art World

In Brief:


The June 2015 issue of ARTnews is dedicated to Women in the Art World. Since the 1971 publication in this magazine of Linda Nochlin’s seminal essay “Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?” we have returned repeatedly to the subject. Here we explore the position of women in the arts today, looking at statistics as assembled in an essay by Maura Reilly, who served as guest contributing editor for the issue, and asking artists of several generations to respond to those figures and her observations. Our coverage analyzes the stereotypes that women encounter and includes an edited excerpt of a recent interview of Nochlin by Reilly that appears in Women Artists: The Linda Nochlin Reader (Thames & Hudson, June 2015). We suggest you begin by reading the issue’s Editor’s Letter.


Editor’s Letter


An Introduction

Taking the Measure of Sexism:
Facts, Figures, and Fixes
Maura Reilly


The Artists Respond:
Different Generations Speak Out


Essays

Black-Sheep Feminists:
A Subset of Feminist Artists Pushed the Limits of Body Art, Political Correctness, and Female Sexual Agency; Today Their Work Is More Influential Than Ever ALISON M. GINGERAS

Listing Women:
Do Lists Gloss Over Problems or Bring Them into Focus? RUBA KATRIB

On Sexism in the Art World:
A “Woman” Is Fine So Long as She Is White, Not Feminist, and Plays the Role of “Artist Genius” AMELIA JONES


Q&A

Linda Nochlin on Feminism Then and Now:
It All Began When She Was Reading Peter Pan and Cut Out Tinker Bell’s Eyes MAURA REILLY


Retrospective: The 1971 Issue

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©1986 GUERRILLA GIRLS; ©2015 PUSSY GALORE

The Guerrilla Girls’ 1986 “Report Card” alongside Pussy Galore’s 2015 version.

©1986 GUERRILLA GIRLS; ©2015 PUSSY GALORE

Carrie Mae Weems, The Considered, See Bergman, from “Essay on Equivalents,” 2011, archival inkjet print. ©CARRIE MAE WEEMS/COURTESY THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NY

Carrie Mae Weems, The Considered, See Bergman, from “Essay on Equivalents,” 2011, archival inkjet print.

©CARRIE MAE WEEMS/COURTESY THE ARTIST AND JACK SHAINMAN GALLERY, NY

 

 

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